Holuhraun Eruption Site Reopens for Media

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Holuhraun Eruption Site Reopens for Media

The volcanic fissure at the Holuhraun eruption seen from the air on September 2, 2014.

The eruption site at Holuhraun on Tuesday. Photo: Reinhard Kungel.

The District Commissioner’s Office in Húsavík, in cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection, decided around 9:00 this morning to lift the inner closure of the eruption site at Holuhraun north of Vatnajökull and permit scientists and reporters to re-enter the area.

After waiting for several hours in the cabin in Drekagil canyon close to the eruption site yesterday, the Iceland Review team, which had arrived at the site in the morning, was informed along with other media personnel and scientists that the area would remain closed for the night, and so they decided to drive back to Reykjavík.

The area was evacuated yesterday due to great unrest in the intrusive dike under Dyngjujökull outlet glacier and indications that a sub-glacial eruption might start with the accompanying risk of flooding, explosions and ash-producing activity.

The unrest subsided last night and has not been detected by sensors since. However, as soon as the situation at the eruption site is considered too risky, it will be evacuated again, visir.is reports.

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